“Airline passengers can no longer carry e-cigarettes or other electronic smoking devices in their checked luggage because—surprise—they pose a serious fire hazard. That means no “e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems” in your checked bags; you can, however, still carry an e-cigarette in your carry-on or with you through security. And let it be known: You can’t vape on a plane. It still counts as smoking.”
The ban takes effect almost immediately on all U.S. flights, and with good reason, said the Department of Transportation’s hazardous materials unit in a strongly worded order.
“The use of e-cigarettes has been rising substantially and [they] have increasingly become a common item in passenger baggage,” says the DOT’s hazardous materials unit, citing a disturbing tendency of the gadgets to overheat (namely, if they short circuit or are left on accidentally). In fact, there have been 26 instances of the gizmos exploding or catching fire since 2009, says the DOT, including two incidents aboard airplanes in the past year and a half. In August 2014, a plane sitting on the ground at Boston Logan was evacuated when a ramp agent noticed smoke coming from the baggage hold; it was later determined to be from an e-cigarette in a passenger’s suitcase. And earlier this year, in Los Angeles, a bag that arrived too late to make its connecting flight caught fire in storage area, again, due to a smoldering e-cig. If either of those bags had been in the air at the time, the outcome could have been far worse.
The edict on e-cigs comes on the heels of the FAA warning about another fire hazard—that of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries, which power everything from smartphones to laptops, have also been linked to fires in baggage holds aboard planes. The FAA said they should be banned from checked baggage and used in the cabin only if they are already installed in a device.”
Excerpt shared from a article in Conde Nast Traveler